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IT will be the end of an era in Dogsthorpe with the closure of the neighbourhood management centre, but work is already underway to provide a new community hub.
Following the end of Government funding for the Greater Dogsthorpe Partnership (GDP), the centre in Central Avenue, which has been the GDP’s home for the last four years, will close at the end of June.
But work has started to transfer some of the services to the new John Mansfield Centre, on the site of the former John Mansfield School, in Western Avenue.
Cate Harding, neighbourhood manager for Dogsthorpe, said: “The offices at 76 Central Avenue have been the hub of the community for the last four years and we know residents have appreciated the services offered at the centre.
“While it was a very hard decision to make, we are delighted that we can look forward to the John Mansfield Centre becoming the community hub for this area in the future.”
Peterborough College of Adult Education already runs classes at the John Mansfield, but new building work to further improve the centre is expected to begin in December and be completed by March 2011.
This comes after Peterborough City Council stepped in to provide £1.44 million to fund the revamp after a funding bid by the GDP to the East of England Development Agency fell through in April 2009.